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AUCD - Workshop: Seclusion and Restraint

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Seclusion and Restraint: The Call for a Workforce Skilled in Positive Behavior Supports

Sunday, November 8, 2009 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Meeting Room 3

Session Description

Restraints can kill and seclusion provides the setting for suicide - this is an attention-grabbing statement, but tragically true. This symposium will present perspectives of programs working toward the goal of eliminating restraint and seclusion at the state and national level. The panelists include the author of a recent monograph documenting the horrific consequences of these procedures across the country. Other panelists will reflect the perspectives of three UCEDDs and one P&A as they grapple with the enormity of these issues at their state levels.

Legislation prohibiting restraint and seclusion has been proposed in the current Congress; yet little is known about the extent of the use of these procedures. Only six states require schools to report on the use of restraints and seclusion, while other evidence of its use is obtained through the tragic, anecdotal stories of families. We all recognize that banning these procedures will not in itself produce a workforce with the skills to educate students with challenging behaviors. Therefore, we have identified this an area for collaboration between the UCEDDs and our state P&As. We can eliminate the use of restraint and seclusion through developing the capacity of school personnel to provide individualized positive behavior supports.

This symposium will present local, state, and national perspectives on the problem and the solutions to restraint and seclusion. The panelists represent states at different points in restricting the use of these procedures and in the broad scale implementation of positive behavior supports. They will discuss challenges in defining the scope of the use of restraint and seclusion, best estimates of their use in their states, current training efforts in positive behavior support, and state roles in enforcement.

Featured Presenter(s)


Donna Gilles, EdD Associate Director of Operations, The Partnership for People with Disabilities

         Featured Presenter(s)

         National Panel

  1. Kim Musheno, Director of Legislative Affairs, Association of University Centers on Disabilities
  2. Barb Trader, TASH and APRAIS
  3. Pat Amos, APRAIS
  4. Jane Hudson, National Disability Rights Network
  5. Jessica Butler, JD; Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA)

    Statewide Panel
  6. Daniel Crimmins; Center for Leadership in Disability, Georgia State University
  7. David Mank, PhD; Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Bloomington, IN
  8. Vicki Pappas, PhD; Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Bloomington, IN
  9. Leslie Lipson; Georgia Advocacy Office (P&A)
  10. Anthony Antosh; Sherlock Center on Disabilities, Rhode Island College